Retirement of the Chair of the Sentencing Advisory Council

Professor Emeritus Arie Freiberg AM has announced he will be stepping down as Chairman of the Sentencing Advisory Council, after 18 years of service to the Victorian community.

Attorney General Jaclyn Symes extended her heartfelt thanks to Professor Freiberg for his leadership and service as Chair of the Council.

In 2004, Professor Freiberg was appointed as the inaugural President of the Council and was an integral part of sentencing law reform in Victoria and a tireless advocate for community education on sentencing during this time.

Under Professor Freiberg’s leadership, the Council played a key role in delivering Victoria’s first landmark judgment and helped many Victorians better understand sentencing law with the flagship you are the judge curriculum and the creation of educational resources for students and teachers.

As President, Professor Freiberg also led the development of many of the Council’s key publications, which made important recommendations for sentencing reform which would then be implemented by the Government of Victoria.

These included abolishing conditional sentences, reforming community correction orders, and developing a framework for referral judgments, standard sentences, indication of sentence and sentence reductions.

As the public face of the Council for nearly two decades, Professor Freiberg has regularly contributed to public debate on sentencing issues, while promoting the work of the Council and helping to foster a better understanding of the issues. community sentencing.

Professor Freiberg will retire at the end of his current term in October 2022.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is in the process of appointing the next Board Chair and will have more to say in the coming weeks.

As Attorney General Jaclyn Symes said

“I wish Arie the best for his future endeavours, and I sincerely thank him for his commitment and service to the community over the past 18 years.”

“As Inaugural President, the expertise that Professor Freiberg brought to the Council was fundamental in its formative years and in carrying out meaningful law reform.

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